Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166


Hybrid Learning

Our Return to School Buildings

Our Plan:

All schools across the district will phase in hybrid instruction on the same schedule (not on a school-by-school basis.) For example, all Highline kindergarten students will start hybrid instruction the same week.

Elementary grades will return before middle and high school based on public health guidance. Data indicates that young children have a lower risk of transmitting COVID-19.

Teachers will have either a hybrid class (in-person + distance learning) or a fully remote class. 

Families may opt to have their students continue in distance learning.

Elementary and IAC Return to School Buildings

  • Phase 1: Students served in Integrated Learning Center (ILC) and Community Based Services (CBS)
  • Phase 2: Pre-K, Kindergarten, grade 1, and students K-12 in our Intensive Academic Center (IAC) 
  • Phase 3: Grades 2 and 3
  • Phase 4: Grades 4 and 5

Middle and High School Return to School Buildings

We are continuing to plan for in-person instruction for middle and high school students and will begin as public health authorities recommend it.

data guiding our decision to return 

Our primary guidance is the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) Decision Tree for schools. (This information presented below in an ADA-accessible format.) Key data points are:

  • Number of of positive cases/100,000 residents/14 days
  • Test positivity rate
  • Trend in cases or hospitalization rates

Highline’s current status on two of these key data points is found here and updated at least weekly. Note that while we are tracking COVID rates in all neighborhoods within Highline’s boundaries, we will make decisions based on the highest rates in Highline. We will open schools when the neighborhood with the highest COVID rate is within the guidelines set by DOH. We will not open some schools and keep others closed.

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